Future of the grocery store Essay

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Future of the grocery store

Where will the grocery industry be in the near future?

Chester Sideman and his wife Carmen married 25 years ago. After they married they decided
that they did not want to be typical working Americans who worked from 9-5 and retired at
age 55. They had always envisioned running their own company and running it in the form
that they saw fit. After thinking long and hard they decided to build a company from the
era that they were from. Being that they were from the "hippie" era, they fell in love
with the idea of running a grocery store that provided a healthy alternative to the
grocery shopping experience. A few years after opening, Chester and Carmen began to notice
a trend. They were seeing that their health food store was beginning to gain popularity
with the locals here in San Francisco, since so many were from the same era. Seeing this,
the couple decided that they needed to expand and take full advantage of their popularity.

First they decided to expand into a neighboring store that had gone out of business. With
this added space, they were able to triple their size and bring in an enormous variety of
products that tied into the theme of the store. With this added size, they also found that
they needed help in the day-to-day operations of running the store. Due to this fact they
hired Craig Premer. Craig was a grocery industry professional that had worked for years in
the business. He was also able to see the great potential that this store had.

After five years of Craig taking control of running the store, he had implemented all the
ideas that he had to help build the grocery store. At this point, the store was doing
great. Profit was double what it had been before Craig got there, but beginning to level
off. Craig noticed this and had a talk with Chester and Carmen.

Craig: Chester, we need to reevaluate what it is that you want out of this store at this
point. I understand that this store has been doing very well the past few years, but with
the increase in competition from stores like Whole Foods and Rainbow Grocery, I feel that
changes need to be made.

Chester: I know that our profits have been doing well and have started to level off, but
do you think big changes need to be made?

Craig: I feel that I should first tell you from experience that we are not safe. The
grocery industry is not much different from the technology industry. As soon as the
competitor figures out a way to make any aspect of the shopping experience better than
ours, we can very well loose our customers. This would be disastrous because we would then
be working to catch up rather than setting the industry standard.

Carmen: I understand where you are coming from Craig, but I can already see this as being
a huge investment for a small grocery store to undertake. I guess I'm just trying to say
that I would hate for this to be what brings us down.

Craig: Fear is a part of this because you're dealing with the unknown. I am quite sure
that you were second guessing me running this store, but all I have done is what I feel
would create the most for this store. I also see my ideas taking this store to the next
level.

Chester and Carmen: So what are you suggesting?
Craig: Being that this store is not the huge mega-store that can dish out a great deal of
money, I have come up with a few ideas. First, our own company brand. There are no small
mom and pop grocery stores with their own brand of items. Being that our shoppers look to
us for specialty items, we can create our own brand of "Great Food Select" items sponsored
by Great Food Grocery. Next, I would want to implement a cross of food and medicine. The
differences between the food that we eat and the medicine we take will continue to
diminish. This will lead shoppers to try a more wholesome form of curing illness rather
that bombarding the immune system with drugs. Finally, we can offer a way to show that we
care for the community and all those that are trying to get their foot in the grocery
door. By introducing a Buyer & Seller marketplace , we can give those individuals that
want to place their product in our store the chance.

Chester: Well, if you think it would be best, you have our blessings, and hopefully all this will be done in 3 years!

After getting the OK from Chester and Carmen, Craig had his new project. He felt that deep
inside his heart these changes would be what the store would need set in apart from their
competitors. From here, Craig began investing in time and money into his plans. The first
issue he took on was the company brand. He had a feeling that by distinguishing the store
and goods in the store from the competitors, he would have more interest generated in the
products, and more importantly in the store. The first venture was wine. This wine would
be bought from a local vineyard, but bottled under the store logo. This would bring
interest to the store and would also be a marketing tool. "Hey, have you tried that new
Great Foods wine," causing interest in the product and the store. Next, the food and
medicine integration began. A great deal of money was spent on research to find the food,
herbs, and naturally edible items that aid in healing sicknesses. Through the use of a
consultant, they were able to set up a new section in the store that offered food
alternatives to illnesses. This section contained healing foods like canola oil, garlic
products, vitamins, and natural nuts. Thinking that the shoppers that started shopping
there were from the "hippie" era, Craig felt that this idea would blow the roof off.
Finally, Craig began to research on ways to set up a buyer and seller convention. He knew
that if he got the word out about this great opportunity, that the vendors would come. He
felt that this would be the ideal stage for lesser know brands to be seen and given a
chance to have space in a thriving store.

By the end of the three year limit that Chester had given to Craig, all the pieces were in
place. He had been able to create a bottled wine through the help of a local vineyard,
with not only a merlot, but also a chardonnay. The center isle, located in front of the
produce, was converted into the health food aisle. It carried all the herbs, oils, nuts,
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